CLEARWATER, Fla. - A tall, attractive woman stood in the shade of a beach umbrella on the third-base side of Ashburn Field clapping her hands while Pirates farmhand Luis Heredia went through the top of the ExtendedPhils lineup like a buzz saw.
"Did you see my son?" Maria Heredia gushed. "He is only 16 and he has yet to give up a run this spring."
The poised, 6-6 righthander looked closer to 20 than 16.
Somebody asked the mother of Luis Heredia if she knew he had just retired the Phillies' World Series-tested catcher Carlos Ruiz on a soft infield popup. "Really? I can't believe it. My son got a major league hitter out?"